Time flies. I’m sure you have caught yourself wondering where the time has gone, especially if you have children. Even if you don’t have kids, portrait photographer Nycky-jay Vanjecek’s 365 project will warm your heart.
A year-in-the-life of her two sons, Alistair and Oliver – featuring their daily adventures growing up in Campbell River, British Columbia. One photo a day, every day, for 365 days.
When I asked Nycky-jay about the project, her reply was inspiring.
“Documenting the connection between my boys has been incredibly rewarding as a mother and as a photographer. It helped open my eyes to surprisingly lovely spaces.”
How different things look each day as you search for the beautiful moments to photograph. Even the busy moments, the loud moments, the sad moments – how breathtaking, delicate, and intimate time is.
Nycky-jay primarily uses her 35mm lens, especially in low-light scenes. The wide angle helps tell the whole story, but is also great for sneaking up-close to capture each silly face.
“When photographing the boys, I don’t worry about messy rooms full of toys, dirty faces, or mismatched clothes, I am most focused on the light and the moment.”
Natural light, especially through a window, is Nycky-jay’s favorite. The depth of the shadows and the soft highlights add a dramatic effect that leaves you staring, trying to piece together the unfinished tale of each photograph.
Here are some images from her 365 project of 2015.
The still coast and deep forests of Vancouver Island, BC, the kitchen table, the living room floor, mom and dad’s cozy bed. What a graceful depiction of childhood.
Every photographer has subjects and objects they practice on, but looking at these photographs, you see much more than the creative composition and good light. You see brotherhood.